Window cleaner killed

Here’s a short sad story from the September 16 1946 edition of the Toronto Globe and Mail:

Presumably, this sort of accident is why window cleaners now work on hoists outside the building, rather than clinging to the building the way that poor late Mr. Thompson did.

I found Samuel Thompson in the 1946 Toronto city directory: his occupation is listed as “window clk Can Perm Mort”. The Canada Permanent Mortgage Corporation is listed at 320 Bay, so I’m not sure if this is the same place.

One final thought on this sad event: the “Path of Fall” photo and diagram in this article is (a) somewhat ghoulish, and (b) somewhat obvious. Doesn’t most falling happen in a downward direction?


Canadian Cavalcade

Here’s an ad in the September 16 1946 edition of the Toronto Globe and Mail for a CBC radio program titled Canadian Cavalcade:

I couldn’t find anything on Canadian Cavalcade, but I did find some information on the people mentioned in this ad:

  • Jean Dickenson sang at the Metropolitan Opera in 1940. YouTube has recordings of her singing “Caro Nome” in 1940 and “Mazurka” in about 1945 (the latter is from the American Album of Familiar Music).
  • Dixie Dean (1916-1987), the accordion player, is not to be confused with Dixie Dean, the famous British soccer player. The accordion playing Dixie was an instructor and composer when not appearing on the radio.
  • Howard Cable (1920-2016) lived for nearly 70 years after this ad appeared. He is best known for composing the original theme for Hockey Night in Canada, which was used from 1952 until 1968. He also created a piano solo arrangement of the second Hockey Night in Canada theme; the orchestral version of this (which Cable did not arrange) which ran from 1968 until the mid-2000s.
  • Cy Mack (1905-1979) was born Francis Cyril McElhiney in Springhill, Nova Scotia, which is also the place where Anne Murray was born.

Deductions for “payment”

The September 16 1946 edition of the Toronto Globe and Mail contained this notice from the Department of National Revenue, as it was then called:

I’ve read this several times, and I have no idea what it means.

The Income War Tax Act was created in 1917; it called for what was then considered a temporary income tax to help fund spending for the First World War.


Personals from 1946

Not long ago, I spent a few days looking at the Personals section from 1920 newspapers. I have been looking through the July 20 1946 edition of the Toronto Daily Star, so I took a look at the Personals section from that day’s paper. Here it is:


Except for the occasional cryptic message, almost all of these messages are from people going somewhere or wanting to go somewhere. Gas rationing was still in effect, so people needed to join forces if they wanted to travel any distance.


Blonde beauty

Here’s a publicity photo from the July 20 1946 edition of the Toronto Daily Star, featuring an actress who was looking for a husband.


The good news for Adele Jergens (1917-2002) was that she eventually found the husband she was looking for. She met Glenn Langan on a movie set in 1949; they married that year. The marriage lasted – they remained together until he passed away in 1991.


New addition to family

Here’s a photo from the July 20 1946 edition featured a publicity photo of two movie stars who had just adopted a child.


Susan Peters (1921-1952) did not have a happy life after this photo. After her accident, the former Academy Award nominee was offered parts as “crippled girls who were all sweetness and light”, which she turned down. Eventually, she and Quine divorced and her career went into decline; depressed, she stopped eating and died of a kidney infection and bronchial pneumonia.

Richard Quine (1920-1989) doesn’t have a happy ending to his life story, either. After he and Ms. Peters divorced, he went on to marry three more times, and dated Natalie Wood and Kim Novak, among others. In 1989, after an extended period of depression and bad health, he shot himself.


Home Sweet Homicide

Here’s the movie column from the November 22 1946 edition of the Toronto Daily Star, featuring a movie titled “Home Sweet Homicide”:


Home Sweet Homicide (1946) featured Randolph Scott, who appeared in 39 more films, only one of which was not a Western. The AllMovie site rates the movie at only two stars out of five – oh well. A clip from the movie is available here.

Lynn Bari (1913-1989) apparently was “never very convincing as a successful mystery writer” but was “decorative” in this movie. Hmph. According to Wikipedia, she “specialized in playing sultry, statuesque man-killers” in about 150 movies in the 1930s and 1940s. She was quoted as saying, “I go from one set to the other shooting people and stealing husbands!”

Jack Karr was the Toronto Daily Star’s film critic from 1938 to 1959, but has left a surprisingly small footprint on the Internet (partially because there is a well-known actor named Jack Carr). The Toronto Public Library has a collection of his scrapbooks and papers, which were donated by his widow after his death.


Tightrope crossing planned

The November 22 1946 edition of the Toronto Globe and Mail contained this short article about a man who planned to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope:


He doesn’t appear to have done it – this page on Nik Wallenda claims that he was the first to do it in 2012, and this B&B Niagara page lists nine Niagara Falls gorge walkers, none of whom was Mr. Trostl.

A search for “The Great Arturo” and “Arturo Trostl” turned up two links:

  • A page about the Trostl circus family, written by one of his sons.
  • A Google books link here.

David Niven also played “Tony, the Great Arturo” in the 1939 film Eternally Yours, but that appears to be unrelated.

The Trostl family’s lives were marred by two tragedies: daughter Eve perished in a circus accident in 1951, and son Arthur Jr. was seriously wounded by a bomb planted by the Alphabet Bomber in the Los Angeles airport in 1974. The Great Arturo passed away in 1998.


Hardest task

The front page of the Toronto Daily Star for November 22 1946 included this story, which can only be described as sad and tragic:


A Google search turned up this entry from the British National Archives site, which indicates that Mr. Long’s death sentence was commuted. Records on this case are sealed until New Year’s Day 2023.


Be careful

Here’s a tiny ad from the October 23 1946 Toronto Daily Star that I kind of enjoyed:


The Train Brothers had only recently moved to this location and added a brother: the 1945 city directory lists Lyman W. Train as the manager of the Train Motor Co. at 579 Yonge. The second Train brother signed on in 1946, and the 1947 directory is the first to list them at 472 Yonge. The Train Bros. stayed at this location until 1957.

472 Yonge is now the home of a Wine Rack store, in a building that looks like it was built when the used car lot went away.